Welcome to our branch area

I’m delighted and honoured to chair of the Northern Ireland branch and am fortunate to be supported by a highly experienced committee of volunteers who bring a vast array of HR expertise. My sincere thanks to each of them for their valued contribution and support.

We've planned a mix of face-to-face and virtual branch events; recognising that we do need to remain agile in our approach as we may need to change planned face-to-face to virtual events at relatively short notice. I’d like to assure you, the CIPD is committed to supporting the safe return of local face-to-face branch events in line with the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard and the underpinning ‘Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ guidance.

In upcoming events, we will explore a range of contemporary topics including, technology, wellbeing, and the post-COVID working environment. Alongside these, we run a very successful member-to-member mentoring scheme and membership advice sessions.

In partnership with the CIPD in Northern Ireland we will stage HR leaders’ networking events and run networks for OD/L&D and HR consultants.

Keep safe, I'm looking forward to seeing you at one of our events soon, hopefully in-person.

Beth McMaw Considine, Chartered MCIPD
Branch Chair

Learn about our branch

The purpose of our branch is to act as a channel for member and potential member engagement at a local level, in accordance with the CIPD’s strategic priorities and in support of its purpose. We Champion Better Work and Working Lives by creating a space to learn, to connect and to share local experiences.

Our branch achieves this by encouraging local networks for practitioners, building capability, gaining new members, running events, providing visibility and input into public policy agendas and working collaboratively with other branches.

Our events are also open to potential members. We allocate a small number of places for non-members at all events and provide information on many benefits of CIPD membership.

If you have any suggestions regarding subjects you would like to see covered, please let us know.

Get involved

CIPD Northern Ireland branch is run by a volunteer committee of enthusiastic local HR professionals and people who support our profession. Our branch is supported by a team from the CIPD head office and together we ensure we align to both local and national activities. Committee members are directly involved with the planning and running of branch events, giving them great opportunities to collaborate with others, develop new skills and keep updated with CIPD good practice and current guidance.

We believe you can benefit most from your membership by being actively involved with the branch activities. This may be through attending events or virtual events, contributing to our newsletters, participating in our online discussions or social media forums, partnering and supporting our activities or feeding into some of our networks and steering groups on key HR and people topics. Our events welcome CIPD members, and non-member people professionals and business leaders.

If you’re a member and you would like to have direct involvement in running the branch, please let us know as we are always keen to have new committee members. We are also keen to hear from members who would like to help steer our branch special interest groups for HR and L&D consultants or L&D professionals. Branch committee roles are voluntary, whatever level of involvement you can offer, we have no doubt you will find it both valuable and enjoyable. If you would like to find out more about the committee and any current vacancies, have a chat with a committee member when you are next at a branch event, or contact us by email. We look forward to speaking with you.

Mentoring scheme

CIPD Northern Ireland operates an active and successful member-to-member mentoring scheme. This is a volunteer-led scheme that connects people professionals at different stages of their careers with a more experienced mentor who provides ongoing support and guidance to help the mentee manage his or her own learning and career development.

Our mentors are experienced HR and L&D professionals at all membership levels and from diverse backgrounds who volunteer their time to support the development of others. We are always happy to hear from prospective new mentors, so please get in touch if you are interested.

The structured mentoring relationship lasts for six to nine months. Participants must be willing to commit for the full duration of the scheme. We recommend regular communication and monthly meetings - either face to face, via video conference or phone. You will make your own arrangements to suit you both.

You will be asked to complete a Mentoring Agreement at your first meeting to agree goals and expectations on both sides, and to review this after six to nine months. All participants will be invited to attend an induction and mentors also benefit from being part of our supportive and friendly mentor network and accessing resources to develop their mentoring and coaching skills.

Here’s what people have said about their experience of our programme:

'I don't believe I could have gotten a better match as a mentor, the scheme provided me with a mentor in the same profession that otherwise I probably would have never connected with outside of this. It's supported me to succeed in what was a new role for me. I have since on reflection grown as a learning facilitator, business partner, team member and overall as an L&D professional.' (mentee)

'I find each mentee is so different and brings something different to the relationship so I get as much from the experience as I hope they do. For me, it is really important that mentees have a good experience and see the benefit of the support offered by CIPD.' (mentor)

'I've really enjoyed the mentoring programme. Great support from the CIPD team, I've enjoyed the group mentor get-togethers, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions with my mentee and have seen her grow her confidence over the last seven months.' (mentor)

We operate two cohorts of the scheme per year, beginning in January and June, and accept applications for both mentors and mentees in the two months prior.

  • To apply as a mentee, please complete the Mentee Registration Form.
  • To apply as a mentor, please complete the Mentor Registration Form and the Mentor Profile.

These should be emailed to ruaidhri.murray@cipdbranch.co.uk.

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